Receiver Mohamed Sanu was the victim of a practical joke on Thursday night when someone called him pretending to be from the Cincinnati Bengals intending to draft him with the 27th pick. The Bengals wound up taking the Rutgers product in the third round and there were no hard feelings toward the kid who had pranked Sanu.
But Sanu isn’t the first athlete to be the target of a hoax.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend quickly became a fierce competition between Barack Obama and Jimmy Kimmel for funniest of the night. While Kimmel’s speech turned into a hysterical roast of practically every celeb and political figure in the room, the president certainly gave the late-night host a run for his money… especially since he “forgot” his mic was on backstage.
Former Mets’ prospect Philip Humber impressed his critics on Saturday when he tossed the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history, blanking the Seattle Mariners, 4-0. Now a member of the Chicago White Sox, Humber had bounced around the league a bit over recent years looking for a permanent home.
With Earth Day arriving this weekend, the focus is on the environment and how we can save it.
While politicians and community leaders are leading an ongoing charge to make large changes to how to get and use energy, everyone can do his or her part with some small steps around the house or in your daily routine.
In a game on Tuesday night, Rockies’ pitcher Jamie Moyer, 49, became the oldest major league pitcher to earn a win. ”It’s a great night for the Rockies, as far as winning a baseball game. But it’s an historic night for one tremendous human being,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said after the game.
Having an athlete turn up on a TV show in a bit role is nothing new. It’s even a common sitcom trope to introduce a star athlete as a ringer for an episode built around an athletic wager (think Kevin McHale on ‘Cheers’ or Larry Johnson on ‘Family Matters’).
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency in the wake of a giant tornado, which hit Wichita particularly hard late Saturday night. Miraculously there are no major injuries reported so far.
Football star Eli Manning is set to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ on May 5, making him the latest athlete to step off the field and in front of the comedy show’s cameras. We’re all waiting to see if his quarterbacking skills, which led the New York Giants to another Super Bowl victory this year, will serve him well in front of the late-night audience. But looking back on all the pro athletes who’ve previously graced the ‘SNL’ stage, are his chances of succeeding really that high?
Owners of sports franchises are always trying to find new ways to lure people to the game. Comerica Park in Detroit, for example, has both a carousel and a Ferris wheel to entertain young fans who might not be able to — or willing to — sit through an entire nine-inning game.
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